Following Brian Daley’s retirement, United Voice (UV) has a new national president in Michael Crosby. He was elected late May by an Australian Electoral Commission ballot conducted among delegates to UV’s national council.
National secretary Louise Tarrant thanked Daley for his service to the union saying, “Brian is respected by members for his dedication, decency and hard work. He has been the gentle giant of Union Voice, working tirelessly on behalf of members over many years.
“I’m delighted Michael has been elected our new national president. Many members know him through his long work with and for the Union and recall his inspirational speeches,” she added.
Crosby has served as UV’s national director of organising for the last two years. With a long history as a union activist in Australia and internationally, he has held a number of leadership roles including federal secretary of Actors Equity (the actors’ union), head of the Trade Union Training Authority and director of the ACTU Organising Centre. In that role Crosby spearheaded the introduction of organising theory to the Australian union movement and wrote the seminal book on union organising, ‘Power at Work’. In 1994 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the entertainment industry.
Crosby has worked on global organising for the SEIU (US) and the Change to Win Organising Centre and travels internationally for UNI the global union federation and the Global Alliance of organising unions to advise other unions on how to run their campaigns.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Michael’s experience, skill and knowledge as the national president of our union. I look forward to working with him over the coming years to drive our campaigns forward and ensure that we create the opportunity for real change and positive outcomes in our members’ lives,” Tarrant stated.
“I also congratulate Ben Redford from the Victorian Branch and Sheila Hunter from the Queensland Branch, who were both elected to national executive to represent their states.”